How i pulled off my biggest challenge so far as a trader

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Disclaimer: you must never attempt a water-fasting challenge without a professional medical advice. Death could potentially ensue.

Grateful, happy, buoyant, elating! These are the words that come to my mind. I pulled it off. 7 days strict water-fasting!  I was prepared. I left no stone unturned.  As a trader, water-fasting taught me 2 principles:

1 Discipline: as you fast, you must KNOW all the nuts and bolts concerning fasting. And once you begin, you must stick to your plan and get right feddback from your body. Because i had a very PRECISE plan for every day, i knew i could not fail. Albeit some days seemed utterly impossible to get through

2 Mindset: I have done skydiving. I have done  firewalk. I have done daily coldshower. For me, fast is way beyond  the latter(s). So difficult. So tough.  So challenging. There is no words to describe it. But one truth: i discovered the unlimited power within my body on earth.

To put in a nutshell, i KNOW today how FAR i am going to go as a trader. My whole limiting beliefs fell apart. I am entering a new world.  I ‘ve learned so many things that it would take entire pages to write it down. However, you got the cornerstone of my message. My mind is ready to travel this decade as a trader and much more. The most wonderful part: i worked on my different projects 12h per day during the 7 days water-fasting! Terrific.

1st 7 days water-fasting

Start off Monday 23 nov 21h GMT+1                                                                     Finish off Monday 30 nov 21h GMT+1

I need 5  days to gradually recover. I have a plan. Of course.

God bless you and your loved ones. Forever.

 

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Why i set up the best way to contact me

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As a trader, each hour is precious to master your art. Therefore, as you can read my previous post on Nov, 26, 2015, i set up a system to maximize efficiency when communicating with others.

Your message must be specific.
The response time is during working days.

1 Urgent message:
Use direct message twitter / sms
Response time : within an hour

2 Private message about my posts & enquiries (social media / website…)
Use contact page on tomlamena.com
Response time: within 24h/48h

3 If your enquiries does not fit 1 or 2,
Use my email
Response time: within 2/5 days

Note:
Always feel free to Direct Comment on my post (social media / website) if appropriate.
Response time: depend on what sort of commentary

Please, do pick out the most suited ways to contact me.

Keep sending on good vibes in the right channel !

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Why pen and notebook are very useful while boot camp trader training and what have you.

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1 Writing( using your body) speed up the mastery a new skills

When you learn, informations will last longer, better while writing in a notebook. Why? Writing requires another set of skills than tapping words on a digital device. Your brain respond differently to the stimulation and gets an increase of efficiency. Therefore, you should always use notebook while acquiring a new skill.

2 Herd mentality don t help to so think differently

It looks like old fashioned nowadays albeit way more efficient. Cool vs efficient ? I prefer the latter. I am already glued to my screens long hours per day. Notebook helps to preserve your eyes.

3 Do as much as you can without your favourite device.

Lesson learned: define in your daily activities what could be done in a notebook instead a digital device. The fear of missing out FOMO, led to human beings too much glued to their devices.
The less we are connected digitally , the more the dumbing down process slows down.

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Why your willpower is killing you when you trade and what do instead

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Human weakness when trading

We are humans. Flaws, doubts, bad habits  are sucking our life  daily.  Your trades are the reflection of you as a human being. Nothing else. But how to trade better? Glad you’ve asked!

Willpower is the wrong solution

Simple. Not easy.  Create SYSTEM in your life. For everything. Why is this so powerful? Life is a constant battle between SYSTEM and WILLPOWER, which  is a rare resources. You get depleted  of your willpower very quickly all day long.

 

System will make your daily activity run smoothly

When you create a SYSTEM, you put aside the WILLPOWER and you do your daily stuff automatically. Without effort. Without the willpower. It does not mean that you don’t take time to chill out.

What it means is that you do not have to push yourself to keep moving forward thorough the day.  The end of pain!

Create a up and running system for your core values 

Create very strong ritual  thorough the day and follow them  one after another without thinking too much. You will achieve massive success. Without a system in every part in your life and especially TRADING, you will fail.  Because your willpower will kill you slowly. System will change in your life beyond your wildest dream.

 

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The 5 most cited books about trading

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“Education is vis” =>  Education is strength / power

I have read hundreds of non -fiction books in the past. Mainly business books, health & nutrition books,  and personal development books over a couple of years. You compress decades of knowledge into years.  Reading is powerful. But choose carefully what you read!

As i am starting my journey as a trader, i learn as much as i can on the web. There is so much knowledge to gain. But  i keep on reading the most powerful books in trading at night, while traveling and during the week-end.

The 5 most  frequently cited books  about trading:

 

  1. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre
  2. Market Wizards SERIES by Jack Schwager
  3. How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market by Nicolas Darvas
  4. Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom by Van Tharp
  5. Come into my trading room by Alexander Elder

I will update a brief summary later on. Indeed, i have a list of 100 great trading books to read in the future. One step at a time. Going to sleep at night is really hard at the present time.

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Why i am starting off a 1 week water-fasting to trade better

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No fruits and legumes in my basket this week!

A week water-fasting can be quite a tough challenge.

First off, you must never attempt water-fasting without seeking professional medical advice. 

Secondly, it took me years of proper diet and an in-depth knowledge of my body to even fathom to fast a long period of tim

That said, these are the 3 reasons i do fasting:

  • it helps me to think better with more clarity, to say the least.

 

  • fast has been taken place for centuries now, and i can  getgreat health benefits, if done properly.

 

  • i am determined to do whatever it takes to be the best trader within my field and fast/meditation… are great tools for me to achieve the outcome.

I am very grateful to get the right professional advice to undertake the challenge and i will update this post later.

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Investing/ Trading Exhibition in Paris

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My 3rd tradeshow so far since my new life as a trader! I have learned 3 things:

  • Serendipity: you meet the right people in that kind of event if you have the right mindset.  You get what your beliefs are.
  • Trading : Hours of discussions with small/mid cap companies  CEO (sectors: biotech, medical…). Great lessons learned for upcoming trading.
  • Balance is key while walking around 10 hours in a row. I overlooked the quality of my health being. I was kind of foggy, at sea every now and then.

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My second trading desk

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The second trading desk within 50 days.

I keep on tweaking everything around my trading world. At the beginning of your “ikigai”, stay very focused on your core activity and at the same time, be very open to opportunities  “you don’t know you don’t know” (no pun intended). Why?  It sounds paradoxical and yet the universe will award you with great ideas ! (coming out of the blue). Called Serendipity.

Your biggest challenge in life is to make up slight change in your passion. Everyday . Over a decade.The dirty secret behind the so called overnight success. Nobody wants to tweak 116.000 hours over 2 decades!

Your second biggest challenge in life is to be “very open-minded” person. The more you are laser focus, the harder it is to be open-minded.

If you stay both FOCUSED (Disciplined) and OPEN MINDED (Teachable), you will achieve extraordinary success in life.

That’s the main reason people fail.

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Economic calendar

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Top website to stay tuned with economic calendar :

FOREX FACTORY
http://www.forexfactory.com/calendar.php

BLOOMBERG BUSINESS
http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar

INVESTING
http://www.investing.com/economic-calendar/

FXTREET
http://www.fxstreet.com/economic-calendar/

MARKETWATCH
http://www.marketwatch.com/Economy-Politics/Calendars/Economic

DAILYFX
http://www.dailyfx.com/calendar

NASDAQ
http://www.nasdaq.com/markets/us-economic-calendar.aspx

MAM.ECONODAY
http://mam.econoday.com/

YAHOO FINANCE
http://biz.yahoo.com/c/e.html

4-TRADERS
http://www.4-traders.com/stock-exchange/calendar/economic/

FOREX LIVE
http://www.forexlive.com/EconomicCalendar

 

Market Hours around the world

FOREX BOAT
http://www.forexboat.com/forex-market-hours/

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Last update post since the creation of my website

Tom s life as a trader FX Options and Equities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creation of tomlamena.com website

3rd november  2015 

The website has been builded from scratch. Very happy and pretty exhausted as well.

Starting today, 17th november 2015, my account as a trader will happen IN REAL TIME.  I have just finished to sum up the last 2 months BEFORE the 3rd november 2015, the  “birth” of my website.

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